Speeches

SURROGACY REFORM

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:43): On 15 November, I was pleased to receive the South Australian Law Reform Institute's report on surrogacy from its director, Professor John Williams, as well as co-authors Madeleine Thompson and David Plater. I was also delighted that on the same day the Attorney-General, the Hon. Vickie Chapman, tabled a draft standalone surrogacy bill that reflects the recommendations of the report in the House of Assembly.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:21): Today, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight my recent involvement with a range of community organisations in a variety of worthy events and projects. It is always good to participate in the 'Walk through the darkness and into the light' from Tennyson to Henley Beach and the moving ceremony which follows in Henley Square, which took place this year on 17 November. I walked from Tennyson, and others walked from West Beach to Henley, then gathering for moving ceremony which followed.

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ABORIGINAL LANDS PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE: REPORT 2017-18

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:10): I move:

That the 2017-18 annual report of the committee be noted.

This is the first report of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee that I have had the privilege to move as presiding member, and it is a great privilege to serve in that role. There has been significant change in the last year for this committee, as with most committees, due to the election and the nomination of new members to that committee.

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NAIDOC WEEK

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (17:28): I acknowledge the council putting this matter on motion earlier in the day. I am pleased to briefly support this motion by the Hon. Mr Maher and to also associate myself with the remarks made some weeks ago by the Leader of the Government in this place in relation to the motion.

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GAWLER EVENTS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:29): I rise today to speak about three significant events that were held in Gawler over the last weekend. First, I was delighted to attend the Rotary Club of Gawler's annual village fair at Pioneer Park on Saturday 3 November, which was opened by Mayor Karen Redman. This event has been running for more than four decades. It is run by the Rotary Club of Gawler, free of charge to community groups, to allow them to raise funds and awareness of their activities in the community.

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SALVATION ARMY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:55): On Saturday 6 October, I was delighted to attend the opening and dedication of the new Salvation Army Gawler corps building, to be known as Riverside Gawler. The ceremony was presided over by commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, the national leaders of the Salvation Army in Australia. Also in attendance was Mayor Karen Redmond and the member for Light in another place, the Hon. Mr Piccolo.

 

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Aboriginal Veterans Commemorative Service

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (17:55): I rise to commend this private members' motion which acknowledges the contribution and sacrifice of Aboriginal servicemen and women and to reflect the support for the motion by the Liberal joint party room. As many will know, Reconciliation SA is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the movement for reconciliation at a state level. That body was formed in 2002.

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South Para Reservoir

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:47): I move: That this council—

  1. Acknowledges the 60th anniversary of the South Para Reservoir, which is the most recent and largest of the reservoirs in the South Para system;
  2. Highlights the importance of water storage to supply urban and industrial areas;
  3. Takes note of the 60th anniversary to be celebrated with a book launch, bus tours and barbecue to be held at the Senior Citizens/RSL Hall, Williamstown, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018 from 11am;
  4. Recognises the enormous contribution to the construction of the reservoir by migrants from other countries and the community feeling, which quickly developed amongst the families which lived on site; and
  5. Acknowledges the work of the organising committee and the sponsors of the event SA Water, Williamstown Hotel, Williamstown Post Office and Smith Bros.
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R U OK? Day

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:37): I rise today to speak about the World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day that will be commemorated next week. I am very pleased to commend a number of activities that are happening around the state on both of those days but also I think on the weekend preceding them and throughout the week. Obviously, World Suicide Prevention Day is always on 10 September, so that will be next Monday, and R U OK? Day is held on 13 September.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:30): Last week was a great week for the suicide prevention sector, not only in South Australia but across the nation. The national suicide prevention conference, conducted by Suicide Prevention Australia, was held not very far from here in the Adelaide Convention Centre, attended by over 600 delegates from around Australia and some from overseas. It was a terrific gathering of people from a wide range of organisations, from universities right through to volunteer suicide prevention networks, that have a passion for suicide prevention and the advancement of awareness about suicide throughout all aspects of our community.

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